live within (one's) means

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live within (one's) means

To go through each day, week, month, etc., without exceeding one's budget or without going into debt. You need to start living within your means and avoid making so many frivolous purchases. Being so poor during college taught me from very early on how to live within my means.
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live within one's means

to spend no more money than one has. We have to struggle to live within our means, but we manage. John is unable to live within his means.
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This is the Chancellor who in 2010 told us his plan A would pay off the deficit by 2015, and here we are in 2016 with a PS75bn deficit; this is the man who said we have to live within our means while pushing government borrowing up from PS999bn to an eyewatering PS1.
This is the Chancellor who in 2010 told us that his plan A would pay off the deficit by 2015, and here we are in 2016 with a PS75bn deficit, this is the man who said we have to live within our means while pushing government borrowing up from PS999bn to an eye watering PS1.
Africa cash could be better spent THE Government is cutting money from so many areas, telling us that these cuts are necessary if we are to live within our means.
First, we can be good role models by demonstrating that we live within our means.
Asked if she supports cuts as a means of getting the deficit down, she said: "We need to balance the books and live within our means but in a better, fairer way.
It doesn''t take a genius to work out, as DS is telling us, that we would live within our means but it is another thing all together to tell everybody to stop borrowing.
I believe we can live within our means and live up to the values we share as Americans," he said.
OAPs should get more - but we should all live within our means.
She conveniently forgets to mention why we as a country need to live within our means after 13 years of Gordon Brown's so called - "prudence".
He added: "These are challenging times and like all departments, we have to live within our means.
An MoD spokesman said: "These are challenging times and like all Government departments, we have to live within our means.
We live within our means but we like to think we can take it forward every year.
If we're honest with our numbers, we can present the problems more strongly tO the next CoGS and live within our means," said Canon James Robinson, of the diocese of Calgary.
But I have a financial responsibility to the taxpayers of the city to make sure we live within our means.
Yes, I would say that we do live within our means - but like most people, what comes in every month also goes back out in some shape or form.